March 08, 2018

Aries 

March 21 – April 19 

You've just won the cosmic jackpot when it comes to powers of attraction! This Tuesday, amorous Venus moves into your sign and remains in Aries through March 31. What happens when the planet of love and beauty is in your sign? Well, for starters, you'll be impossible to resist. Your magnetism will reach a level of hot and spicy that everyone seems to want a taste of. If you're in a relationship, then you'll remind your partner how important it is for you to be number one. If you're single ... get ready to mingle!

  

Taurus 

May 21 - Jun 20 

The sexiest romantic experiences happen behind closed doors ... or in our fantasies. This week, you'll get one or the other but if you're lucky, you just might get both. Venus, your ruler, will slide into the most private area of your chart -- the secretive12th house -- and will remain here through March 31. During this time you might uncover more secrets about your lover than you anticipated, but it's equally likely that you'll be caught up in reverie about what you wish your love life could be. Guess what? If there's ever a time to make that dream come true, it's now.

 

 

Gemini 

May 21 - Jun 20 

If you're in a relationship, then you and your sweetheart are about to enjoy a week together that's anything but boring. You might be ready to add some spice to your sexual connection, and if so, this might be a time where you consider sharing one of your more "out there" sexual ideas with your partner. This might not be anything taboo, but could be more about having some good, clean fun outdoors. Sex in the woods or on the beach perhaps? You get the idea... If you're single then this is the week to install the latest dating app on your phone. You might be pleasantly surprised at where those swipes lead!

 

Cancer 

Jun 21 - Jul 22 

You might be more focused with climbing the ladder of success this week than climbing into bed with your sweetie. If that's the case, remind yourself that there is a time for everything and that you simply must focus on where your personal energy is leading you. In fact, you do have extraordinary opportunities for professional success this week and there is likely to be an unexpected offer waiting in the wings. And yet, this might somehow tie into your love life after all. Someone at the top of the ladder you're climbing might be ready to offer his or her heart.

 

LEO 

Jul 23 - Aug 22 

With Mars still moving through your romance sector, you certainly have plenty of options in your love life. You might be juggling more than one lover these days, and if so, you'll feel as if you're having the time of your life. Don't forget however, that while you taste from the buffet of romance, someone's heart might be at stake. Be clear about what your current relationships are and don't mislead anyone. You don't need that kind of love karma. If you are in a committed relationship, then temptation might be around you this week.

 

Virgo 

Aug 23-Sep 22 

Deep, erotic, and fulfilling intimacy is all available to you and your partner now. The only thing standing in your way up until this point has been your capacity to move toward all of this with courage. Now, it seems as though you're ready to cast aside any fear and doubt you have about getting what you truly crave in your love relationship. Your partner will be pleasantly surprised at your sudden intensity and will surely want to reciprocate. Joint finances between you and your mate are also on the rise. Sweet!

 

Libra 

Sep 23 - Oct 22 

Love is definitely on the docket for you this week. In fact, it might be the only thing that matters. Venus will move into your partnership sector on Tuesday, making it a cycle of smooth sailing for you and your mate through March 31. If you and your sweetie are considering a stronger commitment to one another, this might be the time when you receive an unexpected proposal for marriage. You'll say yes, and before you know it, you might even be considering starting a family. If you're single and have a business where you see clients, then one of them might soon become a lover.

  

Scorpio 

Oct 23 - Nov 21 

If you're single, then you might want to pay careful attention to who's watching you at the gym. It might sound trite, but as you're working out and going about your routine, there's a very real chance that someone is checking you out. He or she might also try impressing you with their physical prowess if you happen to look their way. Exciting! If you're in a relationship, then you and your sweetheart will enjoy taking care of each other in small but meaningful ways this week. Consideration and respect will be the hallmark of your love connection.

 

Sagittarius 

Nov 22 - Dec 21 

With Mars still moving through your sign, you've got no shortage of sexual energy! Fortunately, it also appears that you have no shortage of outlets either. This could be tricky, since you might have recently been experiencing wanderlust of your heart where you are not exactly sure who to choose out of more than one romantic option. It seems that everyone in your life has something special to offer you, and as a result, you've been neglecting any real commitment. This week, however, something might shift. You may realize that one of your lovers has suddenly captured your heart. This could be a game changer.

 

Capricorn 

Dec 22 - Jan 19 

Domestic harmony will somehow make your love life even sweeter this week. This can go several different ways: One possibility is that you and your lover are ready to take the leap and move in together. Now, there might be a few people in your life who think you're rushing into things, but that doesn't mean they're right. It's time to listen to your heart and take a leap in whatever direction it's telling you to. Another possibility is that you are already in a stable relationship and sharing space, but the two of you are itching to redecorate. Go for it -- but remember to split the bill because it might get costly!

 

Aquarius 

Jan 20 - Feb 18 

Love is definitely on your brain this week. Venus will move into your communication sector on Tuesday along with mental Mercury. As a result, you seem to be thinking a lot about taking a new risk in matters of the heart. A brand-new relationship might present itself, or you and your sweetheart might have a chance to go in a new direction together. What you do depends a lot on how much courage you have now to take a risk. Guess what? You're in a gambling kind of mood now. Roll the dice!

 

Pisces 

Feb 19 - Mar 20 

Conversations with your sweetheart this week about finances will prove to be quite beneficial. Your mate is likely to have an idea or two about how to take a new direction with your personal budgeting habits. You won't see this advice as controlling, but rather innovative and helpful. Another possibility is that your sweetheart is currently serving as your greatest cheerleader while you try something new professionally. The faith he or she has in you will help you take a risk you might not otherwise take in terms of generating new income. It will pay off.

Category: Arts & Culture

March 08, 2018 

By ANDREW DALTON 

AP Entertainment Writer 

 

Wakanda’s reign shows no signs of waning. “Black Panther” is king of the box office for the third straight weekend.

 

The release from Marvel and Disney brought in $65.7 million domestically this weekend, easily outpacing new releases “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish,” according to studio estimates Sunday. 

 

“Black Panther” has now grossed $500 million domestically after three weeks of release. It’s the third fastest film to reach the $500 million plateau.

 

“Disney is clearly on a roll with ‘Black Panther’ showing incredible strength as it posts the third biggest third-weekend gross of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, “and most notably becomes the 10th highest grossing movie of all time in North America after just 17 days in theaters.”

 

Fox’s “Red Sparrow,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-super-spy, earned $17 million in its first weekend.

 

Another new release, “Death Wish,” MGM’s reboot of the Charles Bronson action franchise starring Bruce Willis, was third with $13 million.

 

“Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by ‘Black Panther’,” Dergarabedian said. 

 

The totals come on a weekend when all industry eyes are on the Academy Awards, which will be handed out in Hollywood later Sunday.

 

None of the major nominees remain in the box office top 10, though some continue to bring in receipts. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” reached $52 million domestically through Sunday, and “The Shape of Water” passed $57 million.

 

“Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has become a groundbreaking cinematic phenomenon, giving unprecedented representation for a film of its kind to Africans and African-Americans while winning over every corner of the culture. It should soon shoot past the billion-dollar mark worldwide.

 

Wakanda’s king may finally be knocked from his box-office throne next weekend with the release of director Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” another Disney film that gives groundbreaking representation to African-Americans on both sides of the camera.

 

“Disney wins no matter how you slice it with that film expected to have a strong debut as ‘Black Panther’ continues to draw big crowds,” Dergarabedian said.

 

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.

 

1. “Black Panther,” $65.7 million.

 

2. “Red Sparrow,” $17 million.

 

3. “Death Wish,” $13 million.

 

4. “Game Night,” $10.7 million.

 

5. “Peter Rabbit,” $10 million.

 

6. “Annihilation,” $5.6 million.

 

7. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $4.5 million.

 

8. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $3.3 million.

 

9. “The Greatest Showman,” $2.6 million.

 

10. “Every Day,” $1.5 million.

Category: Arts & Culture

March 08, 2018 

By Lauren Victoria Burke 

NNPA Newswire 

 

“I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?” Jordan Peele tweeted after being handed the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out” during the 90th annual Academy Awards. The film made $255 million at the box office on a $4.5 million budget.

 

Director Jordan Peele, 39, a comedian and writer made history as the first African American to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. There has only been three African American nominees in the category over 90 years.

 

“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times...I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn't going to work,” Peele remarked after winning. Not only was “Get Out” a massive financial success, the film’s “sunken place” is now a part of the American pop culture lexicon.

 

“Get Out” received four Oscar nominations in total including a nomination for Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor. Gary Oldman won the Best Actor award for his performance as Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour.”

 

Keegan-Michael Key, who starred with Peele in the Comedy Central show “Key & Peele,” was photographed at an Oscar party jumping up and down after his comedy partner won the Oscar.

 

“An award like this is much bigger than me. This is about paying it forward to the young people, who might not believe they can achieve the highest honor in whatever craft they want to push for,” Peele said as he held his Oscar and spoke with reporters after his win. “I feel proud to be at the beginning of a movement, where I feel like the best films in every genre are being brought to me by my fellow Black directors.”

Category: Arts & Culture

March 08, 2018 

By Lauren A. Jones 

Contributing Writer 

 

In the midst of the viral Hollywood movement #MeToo, designed to empower women to speak out about sexual violence and harrassment, Disney has produced a film adaptation based on the 1962 children’s sci-fi novel, “A Wrinkle in Time.”

 

“We’re living in a chaotic time, as adults, but imagine if you’ve only been on the earth for 10, 11 or 12 years,” said the film’s director Ava DuVernay. “I wanted to say, ‘Who you are is enough. You’re gonna make it through by finding something in yourself that guides you.’”

 

The film focuses on the power of a young female protagonist, Meg Murry, played by breakout star Storm Reid who navigates space in an attempt to find her scientist father who has disappeared.

 

“This is a journey across the universe, but at the heart of it is a family story that empowers young girls,” screenwriter Jennifer Lee said.

 

Throughout her rescue mission, Meg’s journey is guided by three women of diverse backgrounds known as “The Mrs.”

 

“I wanted Mrs. of all different shapes, sizes, culture, races,” remarked DuVernay. “I knew I wanted a black one, and a white one and one who was not either.”

 

Actor Mindy Kaling fits that bill.

 

“She’s a woman of color with a show with her name on it.  She represents a woman that we’ve never seen on television and film, so she’s so important to the culture in that way.

 

Kaling plays Mrs. Who, who speaks almost exclusively in the words of contemporary and ancient philosophers. The kooky, yet sassy Mrs. Whatsit is played by Reese Witherspoon. While Oprah Winfrey was cast as the enlightened Mrs. Which, the eldest of the three.

 

With these celestial beings designated as Meg’s guardian angels, the audience witnesses her overcome fear, before excersing and finding her true power. It is a juxtaposition to her co-stars, Charles Wallace, Meg’s younger brother played by Deric McCabe, and her friend Calvin, played by Levi Miller, who have zero inhibitions as the three embark on this mission to rescue her father.

 

Oscar-nominated director, DuVernay, was joined by the cast and Lee at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA to discuss the importance of seeing women in lead roles in this Disney children’s film.

 

“I think when you’re a stand-up comic, you have a… not a chip on your shoulder, but that's where you come from and to be involved in such a big, big movie like this, it makes me… I feel real proud,” said actor Zach Galifianakis, who plays The Happy Medium. Galifianakis got choked up when he spoke about working with DuVernay and his castmates.

 

“I can’t really talk about it without getting emotional,” Galifianakis continued. “When I first met Ava, there was something about her that made me… I don’t know what it was, emotional.”

 

His remarks touched on the importance of boys and young men seeing alternate images of masculinity. In “A Wrinkle in Time, this manifests in both his character Happy Medium, who isn't afraid to be emotional, and with Calvin, a teenage boy who follows the lead of a teen girl.

 

With this film, DuVernay became the first African American woman to solo-direct a movie with a budget of over $100 million and the fourth woman to do so. DuVernay, who started out as a film publicist, launched her filmmaking career with documentaries, including “Middle of Nowhere,” which earned a directing award at Sundance in 2012. In 2015, Selma, the drama about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. She is also responsible for the documentary “13th” and OWN’s original television series,  “Queen Sugar.” Many of which are projects that she and Oprah collaborated.

 

“The difference is we have Disney money,” Oprah laughingly told the L.A. Watts Times. “With Selma, we were like, “Are we gonna have enough money? How much do I have? Let me try to help you out here.” With this, we had the Disney machine. That’s one of the reasons why this was so exciting. Ava was at the helm of that. That makes me well inside.”

 

It is a movie that defies race, gender set in space and yet imitates reality in many ways. The science-fictional novel written by Madeleine L’Engle, is regarded as one of the greatest classics of children’s literature, whose influence helped launch a new crop of fantasy writers.

 

The film starring Winfrey, Witherspoon, Kaling, Galifianakis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, and Rowan Blanchard, debuts in theatres on March 9.

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